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Striking workers at Halifax newspaper vote overwhelmingly in favour of new deal

Eric Wynne waves to a supporter while joining other Halifax Chronicle Herald newsroom union members as they picket outside the newspaper's office after walking off the job in Halifax on Saturday, January 23, 2016. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darren Calabrese

HALIFAX – A protracted, 18-month labour dispute at Canada’s largest independently owned daily newspaper is over.

The union representing Halifax Chronicle Herald newsroom employees says in a tweet that the striking workers voted 94 per cent in favour of a new contract at a meeting today.

The vote came after a deal was reached Saturday after two days of mediation.

Mark Lever, president and CEO of the Chronicle Herald, says in a statement he welcomes an award-winning team of almost 30 journalists back to the newsroom, and thanked former employees for their contributions to the paper.

About 60 unionized workers, including reporters, photographers, editors and support staff, walked off the job in January 2016 over a list of contract concessions the company said it needed to deal with economic challenges in the newspaper industry.

Lever says the journalists will return to work on Tuesday.

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